The Assassination of William McKinley
(Saturday, September 14, 1901, 2:15 a.m.) — William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, died today at the Milburn house, 1168 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York, brought down by infection and gangrene from gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier.
McKinley, who was 58 years old, was the third American president to be assassinated (after Lincoln in 1865 and Garfield in 1881).
Having been informed of the president’s deteriorating condition, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was rushing to Buffalo from his family’s cabin near Mount Marcy, located 375 miles away in the high-peaks region of the Adirondacks, at the time of McKinley’s death.
Roosevelt would not be informed of McKinley’s death until 5:22 a.m. He would finally arrived in Buffalo at 1:30 p.m. and take the oath of office two hours later.
William McKinley - 1896 campaign speech